February 2014 Issue
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The Centre welcomes its new visitors: Greta Favara, Wulf Gaertner, Márton Gömöri and Caterina Marchionni. It renews its welcome to its continuing visitors: Bruce Caldwell, Matej Cibik, Stephan Guettinger, Hykel Hosni, Mikael Melan, Yuko Nishiyama, Stefan Schubert and Christopher Thompson. For further information on our visitors please see here.


The Centre and Department are delighted to welcome its new member of staff: Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund), visiting the Department from 2013-2016 as Centennial Professor for two months every year. His areas of research are moral philosophy, value theory, decision theory, and philosophical logic.

The Centre says goodbye to Rebecca Robinson who departs with the end of the Order Project.

Events this Term

Conference announcement: Towards a Sustainable Financial System. CPNSS co-hosting this one-day event with the Systemic Risk Centre and the ESRC. Friday, 21 March. Programme to follow.

Cecile Fabre (Oxford) and Jeff McMahan (Rutgers) discuss the moral principles governing the conduct of war. Ethics Matters in War, Thursday, 13 February, 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre. Forum for European Philosophy lecture series.

Debra Satz (Stanford) will deliver the 2014 Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture. The title of her lecture is Privatization, Markets and Corruption. Monday, 28 April, 6.30-8pm.

Ken Binmore (UCL): Rational Decisions in Large Worlds.
Thursday, 30 January, 2.30-4.30pm, in LAK.206. Managing Severe Uncertainty seminars.

Jason Konek (Bristol): Why Accuracy-First Epistemology Does Not Sanction Epistemic Bribe-Taking. Wednesday, 5 February,
5.30-7pm in LAK.206. Choice Group seminars.

Katie Steele (LSE): Climate Models, Calibration and Confirmation. Monday, 9 June, 5.15-6.45pm in LAK.206. BSPS lecture series.

Miklós Rédei (LSE): Defusing Bertrand’s Paradox. Tuesday, 4
March, 2-3.30pm in LAK.206. Popper Seminar series.

Bryan W. Roberts (LSE): Three Merry Roads to T-Violation.
Monday, 3 February, 5.15-6.45pm, in LAK.206. Sigma Club seminar series.

[CFP] The Fourth Graduate Philosophy of Probability Conference, 6-7 June. Keynote speakers: Hannes Leitgeb (Munich), Miklós Rédei (LSE) and Katya Tentori (Trento). Deadline for Short abstracts (250 words) and Extended Abstracts (1500 words): Sunday, 23 March 2014 via EasyChair.

[CFP] The Centre will co-organise the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (ISPC) Annual Conference from 7 to 9 July 2014. The deadline for submissions is 23 May 2014. The title and 100 word (max) abstract should be sent to: ispc.ac2014@gmail.com with subject title “ISPC Abstract Submission”.  

A.S. Byatt, Mary Evans, Alex Preston and Cathy Galvin celebrate the unique qualities of the short story form and ask why historically it has been seen as a predominantly female genre. Short Stories, Deep Reflections, Saturday, 1 March, 11-12.30pm, in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre. LSE Literary Festival Events.


Christian List (LSE) and a team of political scientists and biologists from LSE and the Max Plank Institute for Human Development in Berlin show in new research that conflicting interests within a group can lead to better collective decisions - if you’re a social animal such as a meerkat. Further information